A community institution for over 50 years, the White Elephant Shop is a thrift store and so much more. The all-volunteer organization has donated over a million dollars to local non-profits over the years, and now the White Elephant board has hired Karen Martinsen as the organization’s first paid staff member. Martinsen and consultant Cheri Hample visit the KCAW studio to talk about the White Elephant’s past, present and future.
The Morning Interview
Sitka’s White Elephant a community treasure
Sometime in August crews working on the Blue Lake hydro project in Sitka will shut off the old penstock from the dam and connect a new one -- work that will leave the town without its drinking water supply for up to four months. In the meantime, the city is returning to its former water plant on the Indian River, but it’s not a matter of turning a few valves. Because of higher drinking water standards, Sitka has rented a temporary filtration plant -- at a cost of about $1-million per month. more
Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign online. Also, check out a video of the project here. more